Sept. 13, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Florida State University junior Maria Salinas and sophomore Jessica Negron shot identical scores of 72 and both moved into a tie for 14th place in the individual standings, and the No. 22 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club. With only one round of golf left to be played in the tournament, Salinas and Negron are only six strokes behind the overall individual lead of Courtney Gunter of North Carolina and Laura Wearn of Furman.
North Carolina continued to hold the team lead and expanded its lead from four strokes after the first round to nine strokes heading into the final round. The Tar Heels currently have three golfers ranked in the top six of the individual standings.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) and Negron (Ocala, Fla.) carded even par scores in the second round and both have 36-hole totals of 146. The pair leads the Seminoles, who have three players in the top 20 of the individual standings. Senior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a 73 and has a 147 total for the first two rounds. Junior Hannah Thomson is in a tie for 45th with a two day total of 151 while senior Andrea Kaelin has a 36 hole total of 156.
Salinas played very consistently with three birdies and 12 holes at par or better in the second round to finish with an even par 72. She increased her birdie total by one as compared to Sunday’s first round when she shot a two-over par score of 74. Salinas was minus one stroke under par over the course of her front nine and birdied the final hole of her back nine to finish at even par. She was as many as two strokes under par and never more than one stoke over par during the round.
Salinas was at or below par during 16 of her 18 holes in the second round.
Negron was never above par during the second round as she carded two birdies, 14 holes at par and only two bogeys. She was one stroke under par after her front nine and suffered only one blemish (a bogey) among eight holes of par on her back nine. Negron was under par for nearly half of the round (seven of 18 holes) and was at even par on the course for her final six holes of the afternoon.
Negron has played 31 of her first 36 holes of the tournament at par of better.
Silva, the lone senior in the Seminoles’ line-up in the season opening tournament, recovered from a tough stretch of three holes on her front nine to finish only one stroke over par. She was a total of four strokes over par with two bogeys and a double bogey on holes five, six and seven but finished her final 11 holes of the round at two under par with three birdies and seven holes at par to finish the afternoon with a one over par score of 73.
Silva (Santiago, Chile) leads the Seminoles with seven birdies through the first two rounds and has closed well both days – she is a total of two strokes under par on holes 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 through 36 holes.
Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished with a score of 77 in the second round after carding a 74 in the first round. She had one birdie on both her front and back nine. Kaelin (Fleming Island, Fla.), who is playing in her first event of her career as a Seminole, has carded scores of 75 and 81.
The final round – a shot gun start format – begins at 8:40 on Tuesday morning.
2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010 Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Second Round Florida State Results 7/21. Florida State 296 294 590 T14. Maria Salinas 74 72 146 T14. Jessica Negron 74 72 146 T20. Macarena Silva 74 73 147 T45. Hannah Thomson 74 77 151 T80. Andrea Kaelin 75 81 156
2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010 Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Second Round Team Results 1. North Carolina 570 12. Penn State 606 2. South Carolina 579 13. Maryland 607 T3. Ole Miss 584 14. Kentucky 610 T3. Oklahoma 584 T15. NC State 612 5. Minnesota 585 T15. South Florida 612 6. Florida 586 17. Richmond 617 7. Florida State 590 18. Mississippi State 621 8. Charleston 595 19. UNC Greensboro 618 9. UCF 600 20. Miami 624 10. Furman 601 21. Charleston Southern 637 11. Wisconsin 605